Bookcover of Leir of Britain
Booktitle:

Leir of Britain

Alphascript Publishing (2010-07-30 )

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ISBN-13:

978-613-1-83912-2

ISBN-10:
6131839123
EAN:
9786131839122
Book language:
English
Blurb/Shorttext:
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Leir is a legendary ancient king of the Britons, as recounted by Geoffrey of Monmouth. His story is told in much-modified and romanticized form in William Shakespeare's King Lear. In the drama, some names are identical to those of the legend (e.g. Goneril, Regan, Cordelia), and the events are very similar. It is often claimed that there is a link between Leir and the Welsh and Irish sea-gods Llyr and Ler (derived from Common Celtic *Leros "Sea"), but the names are not etymologically related. According to Geoffrey, Leir is the eponymous founder of Leicester (Legra-ceaster or Ligora-ceaster in Anglo-Saxon), known as Cair Leir in Old Welsh, where Leir is a hydronym derived from Brittonic *Ligera or *Ligora. In Geoffrey's Historia Regum Britanniae, Leir followed his father, King Bladud, to the kingship of Britain and had the longest reign of all the kings at sixty years. The date of his reign is not clear, but Geoffrey says that Leir's father lived at the same time as the Biblical prophet Elijah. He built the city of Kaerleir (Leicester) along the banks of the River Soar.
Publishing house:
Alphascript Publishing
Website:
https://www.alphascript-publishing.com/
Edited by:
Frederic P. Miller, Agnes F. Vandome, John McBrewster
Number of pages:
124
Published on:
2010-07-30
Stock:
Available
Category:
Antiquity
Price:
39.00 €
Keywords:
Leir, Britain, Brythons, Lear, Llyr, Ler, Bladud, Elijah, Cordelia, Alba, Cornwall

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